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Just as promised, ASUS has unveiled its Zenbook Infinity at Computex 2013 in Taipei. Being the first laptop -- let alone an Ultrabook -- to boast a Gorilla Glass 3 lid, it's able to take advantage of three times the scratch resistance than the material's predecessor. This has allowed ASUS to achieve a maximum thickness of just 15.5mm, or about 14 percent thinner than the previous line of Zenbooks. But would the glass survive a drop? According to the product manager, the laptop's passed various drop tests, but only time will tell if it's as good as he promised.

Despite the slimmer body, the Zenbook Infinity surprises us with a built-in touchscreen as well as a backlit keyboard. There's also a USB 3.0 port on each side, along with an SD card slot, micro-HDMI port and a Mini DisplayPort. No word on the other specs or prices just yet as this laptop won't be out until Q4, so stay tuned for future announcements. Check our our eyes-on video after the break.

FYI: Asus announced a lot of stuff at computex. Mouse, tablets, desktop computer, etc
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So gorgeous. ASUS is really the only ultrabook manufacturer I'd seriously consider.
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Looks good but ultrabooks wont last long as hybrids are where its at. Why buy an apple itoy or a an android tablet that is still limited, when you could have a tablet and PC in one, that has better processing power, and access to years and millions of x86 apps. Id rather have an AMD temash tablet anyday.
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Why buy an apple itoy or a an android tablet that is still limited, when you could have a tablet and PC in one, that has better processing power, and access to years and millions of x86 apps.

Because first of all, the desktop is the only decent tool for media production. Laptops, ultrabooks, hybrids, tablets, smartphones all pale in comparison of what you can produce with a desktop. So essentially, if you're going for production everything but a desktop is not the optimal choice.

Secondly, iOS and Android tablets are far cheaper, and have higher power efficiency, and they are just as good for media consumption: browsing websites, watching movies, reading books/emails.

So out of those millions and millions of (inefficient and unoptimized) PC apps, few would be suited for a hybrid. And so while admittedly, the hybrid's production capability is slightly better, the hybrid is twice the price, and with half the battery life (and just the same consumption capabilities, which in the end is what most people do).

On topic: I like the Zenbook design, but I remain unconvinced about laptops/ultrabooks with touchscreens.
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I heard that this will come with a 2560*1440 panel(Might be wrong). Depending on the price, I might seriously consider this
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Looks good but ultrabooks wont last long as hybrids are where its at. Why buy an apple itoy or a an android tablet that is still limited, when you could have a tablet and PC in one, that has better processing power, and access to years and millions of x86 apps. Id rather have an AMD temash tablet anyday.

because notebooks with 10" screens suck, they are too small. tablets work because you can hold it closer to your face because there is no keyboard
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Unless Asus put a new trackpad in this Zenbook, it wont be much better than the previous. The trackpad is horrific, my zenbook prime trackpad drivers randomly stop half the time after returning from sleep alongside of it not being positioned correctly (There is a big gap on one side for dirt/hairs to fall down into). Aside from that, this ultrabook will set a pretty good benchmark for others to come.
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Unless Asus put a new trackpad in this Zenbook, it wont be much better than the previous. The trackpad is horrific, my zenbook prime trackpad drivers randomly stop half the time after returning from sleep alongside of it not being positioned correctly (There is a big gap on one side for dirt/hairs to fall down into). Aside from that, this ultrabook will set a pretty good benchmark for others to come.

Yeah the trackpad was my one gripe too.
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So gorgeous. ASUS is really the only ultrabook manufacturer I'd seriously consider.

Goes the same for me!
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Hi All,

I believe the Zenbook is Windows 8 not Droid. Also while not quite an Ultra book I bought my wife an Asus 202XE and it is a great little box. I told her honestly that if I hadn't bought for her birthday I'd of probably taken it for myself. The touch screen was questionable to me at first but between it and the full sized keyboard and gestures touch pad it is a sweet little machine. The only disappointment for me is the 3 hour battery life and non-changeable batteries. But hey it is what it is.

That Zenbook is a nice machine.

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